2018 Is the Year of the Bird

Painted Bunting. Photo: Zachary Webster/Audubon Photography Awards

Join the National Audubon Society, National Geographic, BirdLife International, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in a yearlong celebration of birds.


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We never need a reason to celebrate birds here at Audubon, but in 2018 we’re going to make an especially big deal of them. That’s because not only is it the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act—a pivotal piece of legislation that continues to save countless birds’ lives—but birds are facing many new and serious threats. And so it’s with great excitement that we’ve teamed up with National Geographic, BirdLife International, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to officially make 2018 the Year of the Bird.

What exactly is Year of the Bird? Good question! Throughout the year, all of us partners, along with more than 100 other participating organizations, will be celebrating birds while raising awareness about their troubles across all of our channels—magazines, television, social media, and more—with new editorial, content, and programs. You can find out more about how you can #birdyourworld this year in the note below from Audubon’s president and CEO, David Yarnold, as well as at the official Year of the Bird website. You’ll also want to keep checking back here, at Audubon.org, to find new Year of the Bird-related stories every month. We have lots planned, so stay tuned! 

January’s Featured Posts

To kick off the Year of the Bird, we’re asking people to recommit themselves to helping birds and to protecting the places they need. For inspiration, among this month's featured posts you'll find a piece on how birds bring people together by Mark Jannot, Audubon's vice president of content; a history of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and its important role in conservation; and an essay on how the birding community can lift each other up, by Audubon board member J. Drew Lanham. In addition, learn more about how climate change threatens birds in Audubon's Birds and Climate Change Report, read everyone from famous directors to long-time Audubon staffers on why birds matter, and finally, just enjoy some striking images of birds from our 2017 Audubon Photography Awards.